Prosecuting Huawei executive is a bad move to hold China in check

The US-China relationship seemed to improve last week at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina, where US President Donald Trump announced he had reached an important agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Then, an ominous development: The American authorities asked Canada to arrest the chief financial officer of one of China's largest technologies companies for alleged sanctions fraud and violations of US export controls.

Ms Meng Wanzhou isn't just a top leader at Huawei, which makes phones and other gadgets; she is also the daughter of the company's founder and chairman, which makes her arrest somewhat like the Chinese arresting the daughter of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs if she had helped run the company.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 11, 2018, with the headline 'Prosecuting Huawei executive is a bad move to hold China in check'. Print Edition | Subscribe